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The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,621 ratings  ·  324 reviews
New York, 1898. When millionaire Montgomery Gilmore proposes to beautiful socialite Emma Harlow, she accepts on one condition: he must reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

In London, Wells himself learns of certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the
Paperback, 594 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Scribe Publications (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica Knauss
As I write more reviews, I realize that my favorite books are the devastating ones. The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma is devastating almost from the first page. So many times hope raises its meek head only to be struck down by ineffable powerlessness. I don't read sci-fi or horror, and some of the scenes are so terrifying that I sometimes wondered what I was doing reading this thing. Answer: I was compelled. The book addicted me completely and -- I'm not sure if it's because of the length or ...more
Esta novela es todo un homenaje a la literatura de folletín y de aventuras, donde se dan lugar algunos de los grandes nombres de la Literatura Universal como son H.G. Wells y Edgar Allan Poe. Pero no estamos ante un libro donde la acción te conduce a una lectura frenética. La novela de Félix J. Palma es pura literatura, es un placer detenerse en cada párrafo de cada página, y donde sí, hay acción, suspense, romanticismo, viajes en el tiempo, terror, pero también una exquisita sensibilidad que re ...more
Jonathan Scobie
Unfortunately, rather than improving on the best aspects of "The Map of Time", this novel exacerbates its worst features. Yes, length is one of them, but more worrying is the tendency to turn intertextuality into plagiarism. The entire first section set in Antarctica is a palimpsest of that SciFi horror movie classic "The Thing"; while the alternative 1900 set in a London colonised by evil aliens borrows heavily from "The Matrix"; not to mention the fact that both novels simply rework K. W. Jete ...more
Wendy Hines
I had the pleasure of reading Palma's book The Map of Time last year so I was excited to get my hands on his new release, The Map of the Sky. Palma has a distinct writing voice, one filled with deception, grace and melodic prose.

The Map of the Sky is told in three parts. H.G. Wells is perturbed about a sequel to his best-selling novel, The War of the Worlds. He didn't write it and he wants to meet the author. But the author shows Wells something that he has only imagined - an alien that was foun
Lydia Presley
I am completely in love with this series. Felix J. Palma is my hero. Seriously. I loved The Map of Time (which deals with H.G. Well's Time Machine) - so it was inevitable that I picked up The Map of the Sky with anticipation, and thoroughly expecting a story that dealt with Wells's sky-themed book like.. say.. War of the Worlds.

People, I cackled out loud several times as I read this story.

Something I've learned to appreciate, over the last year especially, is how a narrator can make or break a
I was a really big fan of The Map of Time, which was three separate-but-connected stories about time travel starring H.G Wells as one of the characters. I stumbled across this sequel at the library - it's a bit of the same setup, but instead of using Wells' The Time Machine as the inspiration, this one is all about Martians and The War of the Worlds.

I liked this one a little less than The Map of Time, if only because the first book seemed a little more tightly constructed and clever. However, b
#cifituits #EMDC Terminado. Me ha gustado más que el mapa del tiempo, aun así no termina de convencerme el estilo del autor, con ese narrador/cortador de rollo que se ha buscado. Creo sinceramente que es mucho mejor haber leido El mapa del tiempo antes, sino te pierdes buena parte de la historia, y a la vez es muy incongruente con la historia de Wells en el anterior libro.
Martha Bryce
If I could be a world class writer, I would want to be a writer like Felix J. Palma or Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both write beautiful, lyrical, intricate novels that are superbly spun and satisfying tales. Their books are long, so you can stay immersed in the fantastical world they create for a long time. often, i wish that their books would never end and that they could write far more quickly to accommodate my passion for their writing. Now to the story at hand.
Make sure that you read The Map of Time
Jeff Raymond
A few years back, I won a copy of The Map of Time through Goodreads, a time travel book that was more an homage to HG Wells than anything else. What started as a strange tribute to The Time Machine ended up being a really compelling story regarding fringe science, quackery, and misdirection that I absolutely loved. When I saw that The Map of the Sky was announced, I quickly preordered it and then basically forgot to read it for a year. Having some time on a plane, I finally gave it a shot, and I ...more
(Ay, casi se me saltan las lágrimas con los agradecimientos...)
Enhorabuena, Félix J. Palma:
Menudo novelón!! No me extraña que haya sido tan disfrutado y tan galardonado. Pensé que iba a ser difícil que esta segunda novela superase a la anterior, pero sin duda lo ha hecho y con creces.
He cerrado la cubierta del libro completamente extasiada. Has movido algo dentro de mí.
Ahora lo único que me queda es esperar a que escribas el tercer libro que cierre la trilogía. Uff, ¡seguro que la espera es ardu
Ignacio Senao f
Otra vez me engaño

En el 1º se quedo conmigo. En este he ido más atendo y esperando algun engaño de la misma forma que en el primero. Pero cuando pensaba lo que iba a ser y alfinal nada de eso... a sido otro palo.

No cabe duda de que son bastante originales sus obras. Ese juego de explicar la vida y sucesos del pasado mediante la fantasia y el engaño... muy chulo.
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Not really sure what to say about this book...

Like the first, it was told in parts with different parts following different people, and seemingly disparate threads ultimately coming together - though the threads were a bit more straightforward in this one, if I recall correctly.

Also like the first, some of the parts were interesting and others were long and overly rambling and boring.

Unlike the first, though, I felt there were more boring parts than not in this one, and the pay-off just lacked
Jason Reeser
This sequel is so much like the first book that I could cut and past what I said about the first one and place it here. You can read my review of the first book here.-- The Map of TimeThe Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book if full of great ideas...(click on the star ratings above to read the full review)

Now for "The Map of the Sky"--
Again, Palma sets the action in three sections, which are quite different from each other, enough that it is almost too disorienting. The first part is
This is the second in a trilogy by Palma, with the first being the Map of Time.

I'm not sure how to describe this book. Historical fiction? Historical science fiction? A love story set amidst horror and destruction? Historical fantasy? While I'm not sure exactly how to categorize this novel, I will say that I enjoyed it. I didn't find it as enthralling as the first book, the Map of Time, but Palma writes in such a powerful way that his writing style and skills overcome any lags in the story.

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Damian Dubois
Herbert George Wells would have preferred to live in a fairer, more considerate world, a world where a kind of artistic code of ethics prevented people from exploiting others' ideas for their own gain, one where the so-called talent of those wretches who had the effrontery to do so would dry up overnight, condemning them to a life of drudgery like ordinary men. But, unfortunately, the world he lived in was not like that. In his world everything was permissible, or at least that is what Wells tho ...more
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Just wow. HG Wells, Time Travel, "Martians", and more. This book was full of surprises.

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma is a fascinating read. The author is a master storyteller, taking the theme of HG Well’s War of the Worlds and expanding upon that story to create a more frightening tale. What if “Martians” really did land on Earth? What if they really had those deadly tripod machines? What if the “Martians” really did take over Earth following HG Wells’ story?

The beauty of this book is
Siempre es sorprendente cuando un libro muy popular, que has esperado con ansia tener entre tus brazos, resulta tan decepcionante. Tengo que confesarlo, El mapa del cielo me ha aburrido muchísimo y ha supuesto un esfuerzo titánico terminarlo. Quizás no es un argumento del agrado de mi paladar, puede que simplemente sea eso.
La novela guarda una única acción: escapar de los marcianos. Se divide en partes que pudieran parecer historias de carácter diferente pero todas guardan el mismo argumento, la
El mapa del cielo ha resultado ser una historia diferente a lo que me esperaba y, sobre todo, más compleja. Una novela de ciencia ficción quizá algo densa pero que logró atraparme por su maravillosa narración y lo bien desarrollada que está la trama.

Mostly held my interest--H.G. Welles one of the major characters, and that piece worked amazingly well (or Welles...). One of the better post-modern spins I've read in the past decade. The plot suffered from Neal Stephenson syndrome: those extraneous 100-or-so pages that drag things down.
Mixing real events and characters with fictional ones, the author weaves a complex and riveting tale. Bringing into play the real events of John Cleves Symmes' theory of a hollow earth, the explorer Jeremiah Reynolds who tried to find the entrance to that earth as part of the crew of the Annawan, and Richard Adams Locke's hoax of life found on Mars, Palma tells his tale with breathtaking scope. Aside from the people mentioned above, other real people also inhabit the pages of this book: Edgar Al ...more
Brett Newmyer
I can't tell you how bad I wanted to give this book 5 stars. But I just hate hate HATE Montgomery. When you get to know him better, I found it downright baffling that he was used as a hero. Clayton was treated as a kind of- occasionally helpful pest. I could go on and on how much more I enjoyed Clayton over Montgomery. It would be similar to: Who do like better, Will Smith or Dick Chenney, set up. And yet Palma clearly gives love to Chenney!
I should reiterate, I did love this book. I know books
(Sorry, Spanish review only!)

No me gustan las historias de extraterrestres.

Sí, en cambio, me gustan las novelas fantásticas. La magia, la acción, las batallas épicas. Me gustan los escenarios inimaginables y los delicados decorados decimonónicos, también los personajes inolvidables. Supongo que El mapa del cielo tiene todos esos ingredientes pero... ¡es que habla sobre extraterrestres!

No es que me parezca mal, ojo, sólo que cada uno tira para lo suyo y no sé si los gustos son aprendidos o está
Farah Aziz
All in all, I rather enjoyed undergoing the process of reading this...
Undoubtedly, there were moments - particularly early on - where I found myself gazing confusingly into the cosmos of my ceiling wall, attempting to comprehend the appearance of two plots, one of which would dominate the story. Ignoring that mildly irritating fork in the road of this tale, I continued reading it. Truth be told, it did get a wee bit lengthy and I had to restrain myself from skimming through some parts. The appe
Nachdem ich “Die Landkarte der Zeit” verschlungen, geliebt und oft und gerne weiterempfohlen habe, war ich voller Vorfreude und Hoffnung auf die Fortsetzung “Die Landkarte des Himmels”.
Leider muss ich sagen, dass ich selten so enttäuscht von einem Buch war, Dinge, die ich in Teil 1 toll fand, wie die Art, wie sich der Autor als Erzähler einbringt und dem Leser zum Beispiel ankündigt, welche erzählerische Route er nehmen wird, oder dass er die Privatsphäre eines Paares nicht stören will und stat
Nancy O'Toole
After writing the groundbreaking novel, The War of the Worlds, HG Wells has once again been contacted by an amateur author with hopes on selling similar works. Remembering the unfortunate results of panning Gilliam Murray’s works, Wells decides to go with a softer approach, an event that leads him to the corpse of a very real alien. Meanwhile, the wealthy Emma Harlow has grown tired of the parade of eligible bachelors begging for her hand. None infuriate her more than the persistent millionaire ...more
Angie Andrewes
Felix J. Palma’s debut steampunk novel, ‘The Map of Time’, was an international bestseller but its release met with lukewarm reviews and it seems that Palma’s follow-up to that novel, ‘The Map of the Sky’, is destined for more of the same. Unfortunately, although this second novel has a lot going for it, it misses the mark in its entirety. Failing to learn from the mistakes he made with his first full-length novel, Palma simply tries to do too much in one book. Even outlining just the plot in le ...more
Leo C.
Esta segunda parte de la "Trilogía Victoriana" me ha transmitido distintas sensaciones conforme iba leyendo.
Se divide en tres partes con tres historias diferentes pero relacionadas entre sí. Me ha encantado la manera de narrar del autor, como narrador omnisciente, y la manera de interrelacionar las historias consiguiendo que al final encajaran todas las piezas del puzzle.
Debo decir que no suelo leer libros de Ciencia Ficción y menos aún de "Steampunk". Así que, Félix J. Palma con su trilogía ha
Christy Woods
I almost immediately regretted my decision to buy this book (I really need to start using my library membership again). My biggest problem with this book is the use of the omniscient narrator (not my favorite style, though it can work). I felt that I was stepping into some kind of circus sideshow, with the grandiose announcer-style narration. The thing is, it never let up and I began to feel that Palma was patronizing his readers.

I was, also, put off by the prominent role that H.G. Wells play
Wendy Dearum
Me resultó muy entretenida, el autor hace gala de una exquisita prosa y sus descripciones son largamente detalladas, confieso que debido a ello, hube de retroceder un poquito sobre algunas líneas para no perder el hilo de tan rica narración.
Raro pareció encontrarme al término de la primera parte con un "final alternativo", mero recurso del gran universo imaginativo del autor, aunque innecesario a mi parecer.
La historia da saltos cuánticos, a veces tan inconcebibles que en algún momento parecía e
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Félix Jesús Palma Macías, was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain on June 16, 1968. He attended Francisco Pacheco High School and studied Publicity at the University at Sevilla.

His first volume of stories, El Vigilante de la Salamandra (The Lizard's Keeper) showed his ability to introduce fantasy into the every day. He is also author of the storybooks: Métodos de Supervivencia (Methods of Surviva
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